Agony Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Agony RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Agony Is Getting Censored After All ... but Wait Until You See What's Been Left In https://www.gameskinny.com/paeo8/agony-is-getting-censored-after-all-but-wait-until-you-see-whats-been-left-in https://www.gameskinny.com/paeo8/agony-is-getting-censored-after-all-but-wait-until-you-see-whats-been-left-in Tue, 29 May 2018 13:05:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

There's no question Agony was sold on the strength of its boundary-pushing content, taking place directly in hell and featuring eye-popping visuals that merge sexuality and torment in a way that would make Giger proud.

Fans who have been around since the crowdfunding campaign are in for a bit of an unpleasant surprise, though, as it appears there will be some censorship on the finished product after all.

Agony's Uncensored Patch Gets Nixed

This news mostly affects the PC crowd, as console versions were always going to have to be toned down to get approval from Microsoft and Sony (much like Conan: Exiles losing its flapping genitals during character creation on the console editions).

 There's still plenty of bloody bits in unexpected places, though ...

While you can get away with more on Steam than on Xbox One or PS4, the megalithic PC gaming platform still has certain content that is considered taboo -- as many visual novel developers recently discovered when their game was placed under review or booted off the service.

Steam fans were expecting an official patch to be made available straight from the developers to get the full Adults Only-rating content. There was good reason to expect this, as Madmind Studios repeatedly stated such a patch was coming in official backer news updates and general forum posts.

At the 11th hour, that plan has been axed entirely. There's no patch coming, and some content will never be added back into the game for you to experience first-hand.

As you would expect, the Steam forums have exploded with angry fans claiming they will refund and even directing other players to lodge complaints with the FTC for false advertising.

What's In and What's Out

Before you start calling the local Better Business Bureau to complain about the reduced vagina count in hell, there is some good news.

It turns out there's less reason to be angry than you'd expect, considering what is making it into the final product. According to a statement from Madmind, all of this content made it past the censors into the launch version on Steam:

  • Gore
  • Brutal Sex Scenes
  • Lesbian and Gay Sex Scenes
  • Genital Physics
  • Eye Gouging
  • Heart Plucking
  • Children Heads Exploding
  • Setting Fire to Martyrs and Demons
  • Intense Violence
  • Strong Language
  • Drugs

Whew ... that's quite a checklist, and honestly, I didn't ever expect to see all those words go together in the same place before! So what exactly got culled out? According to that same statement from Madmind Studios:

Firstly, we have managed to include a lot of things that we originally wanted to provide in the patch in the final game. It has been accepted by PEGI and other rating companies. The censorship now affects only several seconds from two endings (out of seven) and some scenes that may be unlocked only after the end of the game.

How to View Agony's Censored Content

SECOND UPDATE: A new version of the video is now available for streaming or direct download from the developer right here.

UPDATE: The removed content video was uploaded to YouTube... and then promptly removed for (obviously) violating their standards. We'll get this updated when it goes live on some other service. How Madmind didn't see that coming is beyond baffling.

Having mercy on all us deviant psychopaths who need to witness the horrors of a sexed-up hell, Madmind announced all the cut content will be made available in a video clip.

In other words, it appears we can officially put down the pitchforks and torches. While you won't get to play it in-game, you can still see everything that was cut.

Right now the big question is just where it will be hosted. If this content caused the game to get the dreaded Adults Only rating, obviously YouTube isn't going to have it, so expect a different video hosting service.

As soon as that clip goes live, we will update this article with the exact location where you can see it, so check back soon!

In the meantime, check out our other Agony guides here for info on how to navigate the bowels of hell and possess martyrs while escaping evil succubi.

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Agony Guide: How to Possess Martyrs and Demons https://www.gameskinny.com/vfi7n/agony-guide-how-to-possess-martyrs-and-demons https://www.gameskinny.com/vfi7n/agony-guide-how-to-possess-martyrs-and-demons Tue, 29 May 2018 12:00:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

Since the main character in Agony is already dead, getting torn to pieces by vagina-headed demons isn't the end of a playthrough.

When you eventually meet your moist, fleshy demise, it's time to put those afterlife powers to use and possess some other poor sinner to start the horror all over again. 

Actually getting your astral form into those broken martyr bodies is quite the chore, though, and may be one of the most, ahem, agonizing parts of the game mechanics.

Agony Possession Basics

First and foremost, you can only possess a martyr if you've previously removed the bag from their head. When exploring the different corridors and tunnels of Hell, always be sure to interact with any non-demon you come across so they will be available as a future body source.

When you die, you have free range to move in any direction (even up and down) so you can see an overview of the whole maze and quickly find a replacement body.

There's a limited time frame in which to possess a martyr or demon before getting thrown back to your last soul mirror, however. There's some relief on this front, though -- movement and possession attempts lower the countdown timer, so you can stand still for an indefinite amount of time and wait for enemies to leave.

 When time is running short, this seizure-inducing image will flash across the screen

Remaining stationary is a particularly useful tactic if there are martyrs in the same room where you died, but a pack of succubi are still prowling around the area. Waiting there can be a better idea than using up your limited time trying to find a new body somewhere else.

Demons can't be possessed during the early portion of the game. That ability is unlocked later on, so during the initial level in the maze of blood and body parts, don't bother trying to possess the succubi, as it can't be done at all (even though the game will let you try).

How to Possess Martyrs (and Demons) in Agony

A green soul tether appears leading from the target of your possession to your disembodied astral form. This is where things get confusing, as there's no proper tutorial, and it's not clear what you should be doing. The tether also moves unpredictably.

The goal is to get your end of the tether with the circular section to be positioned exactly in the center of the screen, and then keep it there. You will have to move up and down quickly and then rotate left and right to keep up with the fast, jerky movements of the tether and hold it position in the center long enough to complete the possession.

 With the tether at this position, you'd need to move left and then down.

Agony Possession Tips

Because of how the tether moves, this is one instance where having the ability to change the DPI sensitivity for your mouse is incredibly useful. Moving too quickly is actually a bad idea here because the tether will slip away. Dropping your mouse DPI down to 400 makes this much, much easier.

For those who don't have software to change DPI or a button on the mouse for automatic sensitivity changing on the fly, your best bet is to use the WASD keys during possession and ditch the mouse entirely.

During the first possession forced on you by the story, you only have to move the keyboard or mouse, but subsequent possessions that you initiate require holding down the E key the entire time. Letting it go will cause the possession to fail. Hopefully this issue will be patched out quickly, as it makes possession quite difficult while using the WASD keys.

Agony Cheat for Easy Possession

OK, so it's not really a "cheat" since the game lets you do this ... but if you find that you just can't get the hang of the possession mini-game and are tired of losing at the last second and getting thrown back to a soul mirror -- you can turn on Easy Possession mode in the game's menu at any time.

In this mode you still have to perform the possession, but the tether doesn't move nearly as much and the possession only takes a few seconds, so it's nearly instantaneous for the average martyr once the tether is lined up in the center.

 For a less frustrating experience, enabling this option is the way to go.

Good luck with your Hellish explorations, and do try your best to be messily devoured or torn into pieces! Stay tuned for more Agony guides coming soon covering all the game's secret collectibles.

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Agony Review: Hell Awaits... With Bugs & Frame Rate Drops https://www.gameskinny.com/hv5ac/agony-review-hell-awaits-with-bugs-frame-rate-drops https://www.gameskinny.com/hv5ac/agony-review-hell-awaits-with-bugs-frame-rate-drops Sat, 26 May 2018 12:00:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

Easily among the most anticipated horror games of 2018, Agony is a game that subverts typical horror tropes with a radical change in setting. Rather than escaping painful death at the hands of zombies, serial killers, or wendigo, the Agony's main character is already dead and has suffered unimaginable torment for an unknown amount of time in the bowels of Hell.

Much like Scorn, the game's primary idea revolves heavily around creating a disturbing atmosphere that you won't see in any other game. Sadly, the actual Agony gameplay experience beyond that atmosphere is quite hit or miss. 

Agony's take on stealth horror truly redefines what NSFW really means, and as a bonus, there's more gameplay elements than what's found in "walking simulator"-style horror games (which seem to have dominated in recent years). For all that promise, though, the game does fall flat in several areas.

  Not a pleasant way to spend eternity
(and just wait until you notice he twitches and moans!)

A Trip Into Hell... And Beyond

Agony combines different elements from across the horror genre for something slightly familiar but still different enough to be worth playing if you can overlook the performance issues.

The hiding and running mechanics from games like Outlast collides with a survival horror aesthetic peppered with Dante's Inferno. An H.R. Giger take on Hell melds with some of the trippier elements from last year's Observer, and it's all rounded out with a dash of Clive Barker.

In all that mashing of styles, there's a whole lot that Agony does right. With headphones on and the lights off in the dead of night, you are in for a blood-curdling vision of hell.

Gameplay sets itself apart by balancing terror with curiosity: you want to see your surroundings in great detail but illuminating them draws horrific terrors bent on torturing you in horrific ways. Hell is disorienting on purpose (there's no mini-map in the abyss) and you can't beat the atmosphere on display while hiding under gore piles, wading through lakes of blood, and so much more we won't spoil here.

The procedurally generated Agony Mode will also significantly increase the game's replay value after you finish the story.

 There's a really effective use of light and shadow in the level design

Horror Battles Annoyance

Genre fans can rejoice: jump scares are few and far between here. Multiple levels of horror are present beyond the obvious gore as the player starts to realize what's really going on and gets an inkling of where the game's raw body material came (comes) from.

Hell is composed of surprisingly varied environments beyond just the blood and bones from the trailers, and the developers have come up with plenty of unique and interesting ways to open up new areas or create easier paths through Agony's maze-like environments.

There's an impressive amount of area to explore in Hell. It might just be creative usage of the landscape to trick the player, but these areas feel larger and more twisty than in games like Outlast. The levels are also fairly freeform, and two different players might take two radically different approaches to reaching th eend.

Notably, there's also far more gameplay elements than many other titles of this style, from hidden collectibles to grab, a mix of combat and stealth, memorizing sigils and tracing them to access new areas, and more. 

 Using the environment and objects to your advantage to avoid killer succubi makes for memorable gameplay

Flying around as a disembodied astral spirit and then possessing other martyrs (or even other demons!) is a major part of the experience. Unfortunately, that's where some of the problems start to become apparent. In one playthrough, my astral body was trapped in the ground and couldn't fly anywhere, so I had to hard restart.

The limited timer on possession and staying in a demonic form also kills a good deal of the fun. That's just the beginning of the technical issues, though. While exploring the corridors and tunnels and orifices of Hell, a major source of unintended agony will be the constant stutters and frame rate drops.

Agony is most definitely an indie experience, and there are some areas where this shows more strongly than others. The level of writing in the various notes and journals found across the underworld leaves something to be desired, and the voice acting is truly hellish (and not in a good way).

On the other hand, the ambient noises are truly chilling. Whoever they got to voice those screams, howls of agony, and moans of pain are all in desperate need of a hug and maybe a visit from the FBI, because I feel like they'e gone through some serious terror.

Hell Is A Lot Sexier Than I Remembered

If you couldn't tell from the game's logo, the vaginal motifs are cranked up to 11+ and are an ever-present theme in Agony. Honestly, I can't even show you the image of the fruit from the tree of knowledge because it is so obviously a moist, pulsating vulva.

There's seriously porn out there that shows fewer scenes of full on frontal female nudity. Agony will soon see some competition there, though, and we'll have to wait and see if this or the upcoming Lust For Darkness outdoes the other on the sexual horror front.

 This is among the most tame images you will see in Agony

Amazingly, some of the content has somehow still been censored slightly on the Steam edition, and I'm having trouble understanding just how much further the game could go beyond what's currently available.

A manual installation patch was planned to get the full monty (which in this case is most assuredly not a metaphor), but axed at the last minute. If you really want to see what was culled though, the developers plan to release a video with all the missing content.

While the aesthetics and hellish sexual motifs are absolutely spot on, the overall graphical display isn't much to write home about. The presentation does tend to be better than other crowd-funded indie excursions, but there are noticeable areas that could use improvement.

Backdrops like the giant fingers holding open flesh walls look amazing, but others are quite lackluster, such as the body parts flying out of the soul mirrors -- which are entirely unconvincing.

 So many grasping fingers... and none of them
want to do anything benevolent, that's for sure

The Bottom Line

Agony is pushing boundaries -- there's no doubt about that -- and I've got to give the developers props on that front. They aren't pulling many punches here. There's the gross-out factor and disturbing elements akin to Clive Barker's Jericho but taken to the next level with very little thought twoards toning things down for the easily-offended crowd.

With walls made out of crushed babies, regularly getting consumed by toothy vaginas, and a whole lot of blasphemy towards any given major world religion, it's clear that a large number of people should just go ahead and stay away from the game. 

I'm not one of those people, though, and in general, I find the aesthetic, locations, and general ideas all top-notch. This is the sort of game that I desperately want to love, although the execution makes it seem like the game needed a few more months (or longer) in the oven. 

The atmosphere is top notch, but I'll still have to present a major warning about the bugs and dodgy gameplay elements that may ruin the enjoyment of your trip into the madness of Hell.

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17 Most Anticipated Upcoming Horror Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/n3dqo/17-most-anticipated-upcoming-horror-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/n3dqo/17-most-anticipated-upcoming-horror-games-of-2018 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:35:37 -0500 Ty Arthur

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These 17 entries aren't even all the terrifying games slated to land next year, with other titles such as Hunt: Showdown and Metro Exodus better classified as shooters, so they hit our list of most anticipated FPS games of 2018 instead.

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Plenty of other big-name, anxiously awaited games have the possibility to drop next year, with no specific release date announced yet. Maybe we will actually get Death Stranding in 2018?

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What horror game are you most looking forward to playing next year, and what titles didn't make our list that we should be looking out for? Let us know in the comments!

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Remothered: Tormented Fathers

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Developer: Stormind Games
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2018

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There's a major Clock Tower/Silent Hill vibe going on with this one, and it's refreshing to see a different protagonist, as you play as a middle-aged woman in a suit rather than an action hero.

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Remothered: Tormented Fathers sadly just came to my attention, so it didn't make the list of Early Access titles in our State Of Horror 2017 article, but rest assured we'll be covering this one more in the coming months. A portion of the game is out on Early Access at Steam now, with the full version landing on PS4 and PC next year.

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Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones

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Developer: Cultic Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA

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Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is a game very solidly aimed at the old-school PC RPG fans. If you couldn't get enough of Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, etc., then you need to be closely watching this game's development.

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The setting is very different from those fantasy affairs though, taking place in the Lovecraftian staple of 1920's New England . . . except in this alternate history, Cthulhu already rose, and humanity is on the brink of annihilation.

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Madness and death are around every corner as a scattered humanity lives out its last days. Although it won't have the visceral terror of a first-person game, it's a good bet Stygian will deliver both as a classic RPG and as a horror title.

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Ad Infinitum

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Developer: StrixLab
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: TBA

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Honestly, this atmospheric single-player game probably isn't going to actually come out next year, but it's worth keeping an eye on anyway just in case.

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As if the unrelenting hell of war in the trenches during WWI wasn't horrifying enough, now there's some sort of supernatural or psychological threat to deal with as well in Ad Infinitum.

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The claustrophobia of those tight trench tunnels can already make a person break a sweat, but add in something horrible chasing you that can do a lot worse than a bayonet or grenade, and it's COD meets Hellraiser!

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The Last of Us 2

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Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: TBA 2018

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Before anyone gets all up in arms, I would defy anyone to play the opening scene of The Last of Us or to consider the connotations of the story's ending and tell me that's not a horror game.

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Now that we've got that nonsense out of the way, is there anyone out there who isn't stoked beyond belief for The Last of Us 2 to land next year? Seriously, the PS4 is killing it on exclusives lately, and this just make the hype more real.

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The Shattering

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Developer: Super Sexy Software / Deck 13 
Platforms: PC
Release Date: Q1 2018

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The Shattering is about as different on the visual front as you can possibly get from any other horror game, with starkly white, austere rooms making up your dreamscape.

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Working on the notion that emptiness is more upsetting to the human mind than darkness, there is a total lack of combat as the game messes with your -- the player's -- mind instead. 

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This is looking to be a very different type of game than Deck13's previous titles like The Surge or Lords of the Fallen. It's a bit up in the air as to whether this will be something experimental but ultimately a one-hit wonder like Super Hot, or if it might really strike a chord with gamers due to its offbeat nature.

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Dead Matter

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Developer: Quantum Integrity
Platforms: PC
Release Date: February 2018 (estimated)

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Although definitely an indie affair, this sandbox survival-horror entry looks like it will go incredibly in depth with a variety of subsystems such as water lines, player-made structures, radio stations, and more.

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While there have been plenty of zombie games, a truly immersive open world experience that brings the real world to life in a post-apocalyptic scenario has been elusive, and Dead Matter aims to rectify that situation.

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The Dead Matter release date listed above is the Kickstarter "expected fulfillment" date, and developers have essentially never met that date on a crowdfunded game, well, ever, so expect it to slip back towards the end of the year.

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Project Wight

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Developer: The Outsiders
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA

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Here we've got something very off the beaten path -- an alternate history Viking horror game about transforming into something monstrous and hunting down people who have nearly eradicated your species.

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Project Wight's extremely unique subject matter, coupled with the fact that you start as a relatively weak baby creature fleeing humans and then move forward through time, has officially got my interest piqued.

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It's sort of like playing the opposite side of The Witcher! Aside from asymmetrical titles like Friday the 13th or Dead by Daylight, there aren't many games that let you play as the monster, so it's a welcome change to see that finally happening with Project Wight.

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Moons Of Madness

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Developer: Rock Pocket Games,
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: Sometime 2018

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Moons Of Madness is another Lovecraftian entry, but this one looks quite a bit different from either Call Of Cthulhu or The Sinking City. While many of those types of games deal with what comes up out of the sea, fewer cover what's out there among the darkness between the stars.

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Of course there will be liberties taken in the name of game design, but what's interesting about this project is its focus on "hard science," taking a more realistic bent -- so think more The Martian than Star Wars on the sci-fi elements.

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Scorn Part 1: Dasein

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Developer: Ebb Software
Platforms: PC
Release Date: October 2018

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There have been some amazing highs and devastating lows in Scorn's history, from a jaw-dropping trailer that had the whole horror world abuzz to times where it seemed like the project was dead in the water.

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When I first saw that disturbing, flesh-focused world in the game's original teaser video, I was hooked and knew I'd be on board no matter where development ended up going. 

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While I'm not exactly overjoyed that the game has been split into two, I'm still hopeful we'll get something that messes with our minds on the level of SOMA, while giving us an insane Giger-esque world with major touches of Cronenberg in the flesh-meets-technology style.

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Days Gone

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Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Platforms: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: TBA

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We may be stretching just what qualifies as a "horror" game here, as the emphasis seems clearly more on the action, but since it takes place in a world where zombies (sorry, "freakers" in this case) have destroyed civilization, I'd say Days Gone qualifies.

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The biker protagonist is what will shake up the formula a bit here, putting some serious Sons Of Anarchy action into a game somewhat akin to The Last of Us, but with an absurd number of zombies on the screen at once to rival Dead Rising.

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The Inpatient

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Developer: Supermassive Games
Platforms: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: January 24, 2018

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After the success of the PS4 exclusive slasher title Until Dawn, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that more games in that franchise were in the works. Like its oddly on-rail sequel Rush Of Blood, this prequel, titled The Inpatient, will be a VR-only game.

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The Inpatient dives back 60 years into the past and the events that took place at Blackwood Sanatorium, expanding on the mythology of Until Dawn. We know there will be a branching narrative with different possible outcomes, so based around the setting and what we discovered in Until Dawn, it leaves me wondering if you will eventually become a Wendigo yourself . . . or perhaps if you are responsible for them being unleashed from the sanitarium seen in the first game.

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Either way, the prospect of playing through a nefarious sanitarium where supernatural monsters are sure to be roaming in a VR setting sure sounds like it will get the blood pumping!

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State Of Decay 2

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Developer: Undead Labs
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: Spring 2018

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Since Dead Island 2 is probably never going to arrive, and who knows what's happening with the Left 4 Dead franchise, we've got to look now to State Of Decay 2 for our co-op zombie apocalypse fun on consoles. The game is shaping up to be a pretty stellar combination of hard choices, tactical combat, and open-world survival.

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If you haven't gotten into the State Of Decay series yet, think of the RPG elements and large areas in a zombie apocalypse wasteland from Dead State, but with the better visuals and faster pace of something like Left 4 Dead. The mixing of styles offers up something really compelling for console players, and the sequel aims to expand that even further.

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The Sinking City

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Developer: Frogwares
Platforms: PC, presumably consoles
Release Date: Unannounced

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After Frogwares passed development of the official Call Of Cthulhu game to Cyanide, they immediately got to work on . . . a Lovecraftian Cthulhu-style game. Yeah, I don't get what happened there either, but whatever, I'll take two cosmic horror games instead of one.

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What sets The Sinking City apart is that it's an open-world game, and while the setting clearly calls to mind Innsmouth, it's done quite a bit differently, as the various districts of the game are slowly dropping beneath the waves. The city generator tool, in fact, is going to be released to fans so players can create their own versions of the city directly.

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If the promo art is any indicator, The Sinking City also looks to be a lot more explicit on the monster front than Call Of Cthulhu. We may be overly optimistic in expecting it to land as a full release by the end of 2018, but fingers crossed.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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Developer: ArtPlay
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: March 2018

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It's hard to believe we first saw the Kickstarter for this spiritual successor to Symphony Of The Night all the way back in early 2015! Koji Igarashi's love letter to his Castlevania series is finally almost here, and it's looking to be a bloody good time.

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In true horror fashion, I'm a relentless pessimist, so I've got this nagging feeling we might sadly end up in Mighty No. 9 or NightCry territory with another crowdfunded flop. Pray to all the dark gods out there that I'm very, very wrong.

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Agony

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Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: March 30, 2018

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This long-awaited titled was also on our list last year but got pushed back in recent months. But if it means a better game, I've got no problem with that development. The big draw to Agony is in its location -- you start out already in hell!

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The possibilities there for a horrifying gaming experience are endless, and based on the latest trailers, it's clear we are in for some very disturbing material. Calling to mind a bit of H.R. Giger, it's clear there's a serious vaginal motif going on with many of the demonic things to be found in the pits of hell.

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With any luck, this one will end up hitting as hard as Outlast and become a new classic of atmospheric horror.

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Call Of Cthluhu

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Developer: Cyanide
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2018

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Due to the mangled path of this elusive game's development shifting between two different companies, Call Of Cthulhu has managed to make our most anticipated lists for the coming year ... a solid three years in a row now! Third time's a charm, am I right?

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This new take on the Cthulhu Mythos features investigator Edward Pierce delving into the mysteries on Darkwater Island, and it looks like it will manage to get the proper pacing and style to match Lovecraft (rather than an action game).

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The way the insanity system is being implemented is also quite a bit different than what we've seen before. Hopefully the controls and difficulty won't be as maddening as Dark Corners Of The Earth!

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Lust for Darkness

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Developer: Movie Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: Q1 2018

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Ready for something really different? This one features a main character seeking satisfaction on the border of two intertwining worlds -- one in an old Victorian mansion (anyone else thinking of Eyes Wide Shut?) and one in another dimension altogether with some Cthulhu Mythos overtones.

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Erotica has entangled with horror in many different mediums over the ages, but video games tend to shy away from that due to the ESRB, so it's a welcome surprise to see that trend getting bucked here with the psychological horror entry Lust for Darkness.

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While the promo imagery makes it clear that sexuality intertwined with the occult and BDSM will play a key role, it obviously must be toned down or off-screen enough that Steam will still let the game be sold, so it's not quite clear just how far the game will really go.

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There's a lot of room here for unintentional comedy or for the sexual aspects to really fall flat, so hopefully this new developer has all its ducks in a row before release. Consider me "cautiously optimistic" for something worth playing that just might change how we view horror games.

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The horror genre has been absolutely thriving lately, with knockout entries arriving to revitalize the Resident Evil franchise and keep survival horror going strong with The Evil Within 2.

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Don't forget about the indie side either, because small-time developers are consistently coming out with surprising entries that propel horror forward in unexpected and innovative ways.

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With the year nearly done, it's time to start looking ahead to what's slated (or rumored) to drop in the 2018 horror game lineup. Sadly, perennially missing entities like Routine, Draugen, and Dead Island 2 are probably never coming out, but that's OK because there are some killer games set to land next year.

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Here we're rounding up 17 of the most interesting horror games in a variety of gameplay styles, from FPS to RPG and beyond.

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The State of Horror Games In 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/8hsye/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/8hsye/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2017 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:24:09 -0500 Ty Arthur

If you're one of those depraved folks like myself who demand that the scares come hard and fast, then 2017 was likely a very satisfying year for you.

We've had a knockout trip around the sun on the horror front, with indie excursions like The Void proving small-time production companies can release killer movies, and of course, the Stephen King It adaptation taking the world by storm and being a box office smash hit.

We didn't lose out on the video game front, either, and somehow managed to go a whole year without a new Five Nights At Freddy's (did I just hear a collective cheer echoing out from the horror fanbase?).

From the vampire-themed Crimson Court DLC for Darkest Dungeon to some absolutely massive entries in the biggest series, horror fans got absolutely spoiled in recent months. Sadly, it wasn't all gray skies and bloody lollipops, as there were some notable flops in the horror genre this past year as well. Let's take a look back at what was worth playing and what's destined to hit the bargain bin.

Biggest Horror Disappointments Of 2017

You might be tempted to look at this year's roster of games and muse that with Resident Evil returning to proper horror form, and new entries landing in the Outlast and Evil Within series, perhaps there was nothing to complain about. Unfortunately that wasn't quite the case, as a few games failed to bring the fright factor. 

Freddy Krueger... or Freddy Got Fingered?

I was absolutely in love with Dead By Daylight when it first landed way ahead of Friday The 13th or The Last Year, although over time, as changes have been made, the fanbase has become pretty surly about nerfs to the monsters.

Things reached a fever pitch with the Nightmare On Elm Street DLC, which was a clear shot across the bow aimed directly at rival asymmetric slasher title Friday The 13th.

Playing as Freddy Krueger is something many a horror fan has wanted for decades, but now that it's here, the reality is more tepid dream than blistering nightmare. Krueger is probably the weakest and least fun of the all the slashers to play, managing to even land below the Wraith, and that takes some serious effort.

 Maybe it should have been Drop Dead Fred instead?

Swing and a Miss at Blind Horror

Perception was an indie title I was eagerly looking forward to, and I closely watched its development after that Kickstarter success. The little dogs have been bringing some big treats to the table lately thanks to crowd funding, and it seemed that would be the case here.

When a developer doesn't have to deal with publishers who won't risk money on new concepts, you can get some truly amazing games. Perception had the intriguing concept part down, but it just doesn't quite deliver on the execution.

It's a shame, too, because there are some really interesting elements utilized here in playing as a blind character, such as using a smart phone's descriptive text service to see what something looks like. And honestly, what game wouldn't be made better with killer dolls? Although it seemed like it would revolutionize first-person horror gaming, the end result is surprisingly "meh."

 What a shame.

Horror Shooter Mess

The exceedingly atmospheric Inner Chains managed to land on our most anticipated horror and FPS game lists last year based off the strength of its unsettling aesthetics and interesting designs, but it seriously failed to deliver on either the horror or the shooter front.

Although pretty to look at (when it isn't glitching out), the gameplay is quite tepid, and the fact that this isn't a AAA offering really shows. Inner Chains currently sits at an abysmal 40% rating at Metacritic, with Steam reviews decidedly on the "mixed" front.

It may be worth checking out at this point for new players, however, as the game has received some upgrades since release, including key bindings, more environmental sounds, and additional animations.  Hopefully we get a much better overall horror experience with the upcoming Agony, which is set directly in hell and lands next year.

 How did this manage to NOT be awesome?

An Uncertain Development

Whether this one is a "disappointment" or a "cautiously optimistic" scenario is up for any given reader to decided, but I'm landing solidly on the former when it comes to Scorn's very uncertain future.

You might remember that killer first trailer (available below) that strongly evoked feelings of H.R. Giger, Alien, and Cronenberg with its disturbing fleshy technology.

Hype was high, but there was a big crash not long afterward with a Kickstarter failure and an announcement that the game would be split into two segments, which is never a good sign. Things seemed to be back on the upswing with the announcement of a publisher, but then immediately took a dive again when the developers announced another Kickstarter campaign.

To me, it doesn't speak of a stable product on the way to completion when additional money beyond what was provided by the publisher is still needed to make the first half of the game polished enough for release.

Granted, I would love to be proved wrong here -- this is a game that I legitimately want to succeed -- but I just don't envision the full two-part game ever seeing the light of day, or the first half being a finished and polished experience.

Indie Horror Triumphs 2017

If you want to know where horror absolutely thrives, you have to look beyond the big-name releases. That's true of the movie and publishing industries, and it's equally true in the gaming world. Smaller developers with a project they are truly passionate about can often trump big name companies restrained by bureaucracy and skittish publishers.

Observer

Featuring the star power of Rutger Hauer, Observer flew under the radar for a lot of gamers, as it wasn't hugely advertised, but if you love psychological head games or disturbing visions of the future, you want to play this game.

Although not without some flaws, the game sees Bloober Team take the concepts from Layers Of Fear and catapult them to the next level, translating that style of game into a very different experience featuring a detective in a dystopian cyberpunk future.

Hacking into the brains of the deceased is a harrowing experience, and there were times when I legitimately wanted to rush as quickly as I could to the end of a segment to get out of someone's mind hellscape.

 Get ready to lose your mind -- or gain a few others.

Distrust

You can always rely on the little developers to give you a completely new vision of something that's become standard. Distrust is basically The Thing the game, but it's a very different experience than the actual game based on that movie.

The atmosphere of cold and paranoia is on full blast here, and the top-down style brings to mind something like Dead State but in a much more polished rendition with better controls.

  Sadly, there's no Kurt Russel. 

Little Nightmares

After Among The Sleep showed that you can play a harrowing game as a toddler, it was only a matter of time before we saw kids play a more prominent role in creepy games. 

Little Nightmares goes for the platformer style instead of a first-person experience, but it's still incredibly creepy and atmospheric. When you're a little kid, everything bigger than you is scary in the dark -- and the disturbing David Firth-style designs don't make things any better.

The gameplay is incredibly solid, and the sound effects are utterly spot-on. Even if you don't normally dig horror, you should still give this one a shot, as it was probably one of the best games to come out this year in any genre.

 How did this game manage to be adorable and horrifying at the same time?

Home Sweet Home

There have been some killer horror titles from smaller developers based around Korean and Chinese myths, and now we've got a Thai entry to expand your horizons even further.

Although a shorter entry that's only the first episode of a larger experience to come, Home Sweet Home is absolutely drenched in dread, and this is the sort of game that can have you literally screaming while playing alone in the dark.

 Put the headphones on, turn the lights off, and get ready to shriek.

Stories Untold

I think "whoa" might be an appropriate response for this totally unexpected collection of four adventures. Stories Untold very strongly showcases how indie developers can do something really interesting by going off the beaten path.

You wouldn't think a text game colliding with a point-and-click adventure could be this engrossing, but trust me, this is one you want to experience first-hand.

There's strong echoes of series like Black Mirror or even Stranger Things as the game focuses on narrative above all else. The 80s-themed synthwave soundtrack is a nice bonus as well.

 Seriously, just play it.

Early Access Horror 2017

As the Early Access phenomena becomes more commonplace in gaming, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that horror games have gotten on the bandwagon as well. There are three this year that stand out and are nearing full release worth paying attention to.

P.A.M.E.L.A.

I'm digging the non-traditional setting on P.A.M.E.L.A. and am glad to see gamer feedback from the early access edition getting filtered to the developers, but there's one nagging question I can't let go of.

Considering the intense similarities in location, mechanics, and tone, can this indie offering have any chance of beating out Arkane's Prey? Hopefully we'll have something along the lines of a new classic System Shock experience, but only time will tell.

 Looks familiar, but maybe it can deliver something new?

We Happy Few

Oh boy, things have gotten ugly between this game and its fan base in recent months. After a very successful Kickstarter and more funds coming in from early access, the developers made a rather controversial decision to team up with publisher Gearbox at the 11th hour.

Backers and Early Access buyers (perhaps rightfully) feel a little betrayed there, and new players aren't happy either, since the price got jacked up after the publisher deal. It's a good bet we can expect game elements to be taken out and delivered piecemeal back to us as DLC.

Despite that whole unfortunate debacle, when it comes to the actual gameplay and visuals, I'm personally still greatly looking forward to We Happy Few's finished version coming in April.

 Have you taken your Joy today?

Hello Neighbor

We're only weeks away now from the retail version of Hello Neighbor, and I'm eagerly awaiting what the final product will look like after several fun alpha tests. 

The game isn't precisely "horror" per se but definitely has an element of mystery and the unknown. In the alpha builds I've played so far, there are hints at odd and unsettling things going on down in that basement -- and some truly weird and ethereal in-between segments when you unlock certain doors -- but overall the early versions were more bubbly and colorful than scary.

The tension is in not getting caught, although that's diffused somewhat by the fact that the bad guy throws jars of glue at you, and nothing really happens when you get caught except for some heavy breathing. Maybe we'll get something really dark next month in the full release?

 Instead of "What's in the box?" now it will be "What's in the basement?"

Biggest Horror Releases Of 2017

We've covered the small fish, so now let's take a look at the gigantic whales that made the biggest splashes this year in franchises that have become household names.

Resident Evil 7

It was very welcome news indeed when the Resident Evil 7 crew realized that the defenseless horror style had vastly overtaken the action-horror genre. RE7 gave us something completely out of the ordinary for the series, and it was exactly what was needed to revitalize this faltering franchise.

My hope is that there's yet another jump in gameplay to something completely different in the next installment so that we don't fall back into stagnant territory again.

 Always decline hillbilly dinner invitations.

The Evil Within 2

Surpassing the original game in nearly every single way, oddly enough The Evil Within 2 basically gave us the classic Resident Evil experience that we didn't get with RE7. If you find yourself longing for that classic third-person survival horror experience, Evil Within 2 delivers it and then some!

Outlast 2

After being blown away by the first entry in the series, this was my most anticipated game of 2017 by a mile. Taking the claustrophobic style of Outlast and putting it out in the backwoods with a group of hillbilly cultists seemed a recipe for some major scares.

While the game was good overall -- even great in parts -- Outlast 2 didn't necessarily get better even though it was made bigger. Some of the fright factor was reduced with the bigger outdoor areas, and the main villain Marta just didn't have the same visceral terror as the bad guy from the first game. 

I wouldn't go so far as to put it in the "biggest disappointments" category, but this sequel did definitely lose something from the first game. Maybe third time will be the charm?

 Still, getting your crotch split open with this axe is pretty terrifying the first time around.

Friday the 13th

This latest entry in the many vs. one style got off to a rocky start with non-functional achievements and server problems galore over that first week. If you didn't have those issues though, Friday the 13th is a ton of fun and a fine example of the asymmetric gaming style.

There are some quibbles about how the maps are very similar and how they really need to get Space Jason in there from Jason X, but otherwise, this one really surprised me and managed to easily match or exceed the Dead By Daylight experience.

 Chee chee chee, ahh ahh ahh!

Forecast for Horror in 2018

If this year was good for horror, it's really 2018 that's shaping up to be phenomenal, especially for you Lovecraft fans out there. With no less than three Mythos-focused games coming, there is a lot to look forward to next year.

Tentacled Madness From The Depths

Getting to a new Call Of Cthulhu game was an appropriately winding and tentacled path, starting off with Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares announcing the game and then going curiously silent.

Considering the focus on investigation and clues in their previous games, Frogwares seemed like the perfect fit. Development unexpectedly shifted over to Cyanide, however, and the game's style shifted significantly, with a 2018 release date now expected. 

Curiously, Frogwares then announced The Sinking City, revolving around a 1920s private investigator in New England, which sure seems like a Cthulhu mythos game to me. . . . Honestly, I'm perfectly fine with getting two games instead of one. I just wish things had been more transparent and come together more quickly.

Although more of an RPG than a horror game in the traditional sense, easily the game I'm most looking forward to arriving next year is Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones. Take the Baldur's Gate style of travel and conversation, mix it with the turn-based strategic combat of Heroes Of Might and Magic, and then coat it all in an apocalyptic 1920s Earth where the Old Ones rose and destroyed humanity, and you've got Stygian.

 For the old-school gamer, this is going to be a must-have game.

Zombies Galore!

For those who prefer the walking dead over sanity-blasting madness from the stars, there's no shortage of titles coming soon. Days Gone has got to be the most anticipated at this point, with its outlaw biker protagonist trying to survive in a post-apocalytpic world.

Don't discount State Of Decay 2, however, which also promises a third-person, open-world experience. Supposedly that Walking Dead VR game is also coming, but we hear that every year, so who knows.

     Get ready to face the shambling hordes!

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The 5 Most Anticipated Horror Games of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/41xcz/the-5-most-anticipated-horror-games-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/41xcz/the-5-most-anticipated-horror-games-of-2017 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:36:36 -0500 StraightEdge434

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1. Outlast 2

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Originally, Outlast 2 was supposed to be released earlier. However, the game was delayed, and is now set to release in the first quarter in 2017. To make the wait feel even longer, a demo was released around Halloween, which has only made players more anxious and excited for the upcoming title. 

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The game itself is a survival horror game and is set in a town that is run by a religious cult consisting of psychos who will try to kill you... delightful! But, something tells me that there will be more than just a bunch of crazy cultists here -- I wonder what that potential danger might be...

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Of course, with how popular the original Outlast was, Outlast 2 can't come any faster. As some of you might remember, Outlast took place in an asylum. In Outlast 2, not only will you be able to explore the town, but you might even be able to explore the houses, the corn fields, and other locations as well. The second game seems to give you more freedom in regards to exploration. While this could prove interesting, it is also regretful, since getting lost could be deadly.

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Be prepared for Outlast 2 soon as it'll be released for PS4, PC, and Xbox One in the 2017.

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What horror games are you waiting for that did not appear on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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2. Resident Evil 7

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Unless you have been living under a rock this whole time, you would have known that Resident Evil was bound to end up on this list. 

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There have been a lot of Resident Evil games in the past, but they have mainly dealt with action. This one however, can be seen as an exception. Resident Evil 7 is a survival horror game set after RE6. The main character, Ethan, is looking for his missing wife until he stumbles upon a house... and that is where the fun begins! 

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It's worth noting that RE7 will have combat, herbs, and everything else that pertains to the RE series. However, quick time events will be absent from the game; something many long-term fans will be glad to hear.

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RE7 is scheduled for release in January and will be released for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. But more important, the game will have PSVR support!

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3. Visage

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This little beauty is a psychological horror game. Throughout the game the player explores a home that has witnessed countless brutal murders since it has housed various families over a long period of time. Players will also be able to relive memories and witness how previous tenants of the house have died. It's also worth to note that the game will be a spiritual successor to P.T.

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The core mechanic is the fear aspect itself. When you locate a memory, or a flashback of some kind, you'll be able to investigate it by looking into it and potentially observing. Some can be so haunting and grim that you'll wish that you were back inside the house again! And with the terrifying feeling that the house gives off in the trailer above, that should already tell you something.

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Visage is set for release in January of next year and will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

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4. Agony

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Agony is a yet another first person survival game. However, what makes it different from other titles is the setting. Instead of being set here on planet Earth, Agony takes place in hell

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Simply put, you are a tormented soul in hell without any past memories. You'll have to navigate the blazing paths of hell, and do everything necessary to survive. The gameplay trailer above provides a great example of what you can expect from Agony

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Agony is set to release in the second quarter of 2017 for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

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5. Don't Knock Twice

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Don't Knock Twice is a first person horror game about a terrifying urban legend. In order to save her daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the truth behind the urban tale of a demonic witch. Players will explore a manor, search for clues, and interact with all of its objects and use them to defend themselves against possible dangers. 

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The game is set to release in the first quarter of 2017 for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. There will also be a release of a non-VR version for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. 

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Some gamers can't get enough of that adrenaline rush. Knowing that they are in a scary environment, with danger creeping in on them, they will do anything necessary in order to survive. Needless to say, not all horror games have a happy ending. But nonetheless, horror games are great simply because of the fear aspect.

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Recently we covered the top 5 horror games that don't rely on jump scares but now let's discuss some of the most anticipated horror games that are set to release in 2017.

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Here are five of the creepiest games that players are eager and excited to try out over the upcoming year. 

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The 12 Most Anticipated Horror Games of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ffkcp/the-12-most-anticipated-horror-games-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ffkcp/the-12-most-anticipated-horror-games-of-2017 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

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While these 12 entries are our most anticipated horror games of 2017, there's bound to be more arriving under the radar, much like this year's indie slasher excursion Camp Sunshine.

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While some anticipated games like What Remains Of Edith Finch seem to be dead in the water, others that have been long delayed will finally arrive. Most notable among those is the sci-fi horror mashup Routine, which was long in limbo and on many “most anticipated” lists several years running (including ours) and now finally has a March 2017 release date.

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On the franchise front, there will no doubt be another Five Nights At Freddy's or seven released in 2017 (before the fanboys go on a rampage, I actually thought Sister Location was the best one yet).

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What 2017 horror game are you most looking forward to playing, and what games did we miss that should have made the list?

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The Hum: Abductions

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Remember that flick Dark Skies a few years back where a family fights to save their kid from alien abductors? That's the gist of The Hum: Abductions, putting you in the role of a mother trying to save her child.

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It's not clear exactly when Abductions will drop, but it's expected out sometime next year, and hopefully with some more in-depth gameplay trailers arriving soon.

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P.A.M.E.L.A.

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An interesting amalgam of styles and settings, P.A.M.E.L.A. looks a bit like a mashup of We Happy Few and SOMA, but with more of a focus on combat. Here, you play as the Sleeper, who wakes up to find what should be a utopia is instead a nightmare. This open world title is slated to land in February of 2017.

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The Sinking City

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It's been a winding road so far for The Sinking City, and I'd wager there will be more bumps along the way, so it might be optimistic to list this as a potential 2017 game.

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The Sinking City was originally the Call Of Cthulhu game from the previous slide and was announced way back in 2014, but the project was shifted away from developer Frogwares, which then began working on a very similar (and obviously still Lovecraft-inspired) game called The Sinking City.

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Considering that Frogwares has released several investigative-focused Sherlock Holmes games, it's a good bet this one will probably end up being the better of the two... if it's ever released.

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Call Of Cthulhu

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It's been a lot of years since Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth offered us a faithful (if frustrating) recreation of a Lovecraft story. Originally being made by a different developer several years ago, this updated Call Of Cthulhu entry was shunted over to Cyanide Studio and is now due out in 2017.

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Since there hasn't been any actual gameplay revealed yet, it's tough to gauge whether this will be a proper follow-up to Dark Corners Of The Earth or if it will end up being maligned like recent Alone In The Dark entries.

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If the stars are right, this one will stay true to the investigative roots of the Cthulhu mythos and not end up with the main character getting into shoot outs with Elder Things.

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Outlast 2

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How excited am I for Outlast 2? I'm not sure words like "giddy" or "squealing like a schoolgirl" really capture the full extent of it.

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The game was originally included in our most anticipated horror list last year, as it was supposed to come out in time for Halloween, but unfortunately was pushed back to Q1 2017.

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That stinging blow was mitigated with the release of a demo, which has only increased anticipation further. There's going to be some fantastic tension in this one, as you hide from evil religious extremist hillbillies intent on splitting you from head to toe. With any luck, that weirdly out of place sci-fi ending from the first game won't be making a return...

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Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Court DLC

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This devastatingly hard RPG is jam packed with horror elements, from the grim death of starving in the wilderness to your companions losing their sanity and turning on you to battling horrible mounds of pig flesh giving unholy life by your vile ancestor.

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If you managed to actually rebuild your town to its former glory and eradicate the horrors ravaging the countryside, there's more darkness on its way with the vampiric blood drinking themes of upcoming DLC Crimson Court.

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There's no specific release date yet, but Crimson Court has been announced for "early 2017."

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Inner Chains

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You might recall seeing Inner Chains mentioned on our list of most anticipated 2017 FPS games as well, and that's not an oversight. Both a shooter and a horror title, Inner Chains steps in to fill that void left by extremely gory action-packed horror games like Clive Barker's Jericho.

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The mixing of organic life with machinery and stonework has some disturbing implications, and the balance between genres looks to be very satisfying. If you like the idea of Agony but want a game that lets you shoot back, Inner Chains should be on your short list of games to try out next year.

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Walking Dead Season 3: A New Frontier

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The show and it's pointless spin-off may have gone down the toilet, but there's still hope for the game series as Clementine returns for round three.

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That devastating ending to the first season is still among the highlights of heart-string pulling storytelling in video games, and hopefully Telltale can return to former glory here and kick us in the gut yet again.

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Some of you might be screeching right now that The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is technically starting in 2016, but much like with early access titles, episodic games that span multiple calendar years are sort of up in the air as to when they are "released." Is it the date of the first episode, or the date of the physical edition with all episodes included?

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Seeing as how more of the game will be released in 2017 than in 2016, we're gonna call this one a 2017 release.

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Visage

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A crowd funded psychological horror title, Visage is due out from indie developer SadSquare in Q2 2017.

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The imagery revealed so far of course brings to mind the ill-fated P.T. with its haunted hallways in an enclosed home, and with the fate of the P.T. inspired Allison Road in limbo, this may be the closest we'll ever get.

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Agony

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Survival horror... set in hell itself? Sign me up! As someone who was blown away by the recent indie hell-focused flick Baskin and has been missing quality Hellraiser films from decades past, I'm more than a little excited for Agony, which has plowed through its Kickstarter funding goal and is slated for a May 2017 release.

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Scorn

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Two words most come to mind when first witnessing the trailer for Scorn: ominous and disturbing! The game clearly has a very alien frame of mind, and the main character doesn't appear to be human at all.

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Melding together different ideas from across the sci-fi and horror spectrum, there's clear echoes of Giger's artwork and the Alien universe, but with a more explicitly horror direction. I'm honestly hoping this one's going to break my brain when it finally arrives.

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Resident Evil 7

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Finally getting out of the action zone and back into horror where it belongs, RE7 is clearly looking to remove the stain of the critically panned previous game and capitalize on the defenseless horror craze that's been made famous by games like Alien: Isolation, Penumbra, and Outlast.

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As a comeback of sorts and the first of the main numbered series to be in a first person perspective, Capcom has a lot of room here for a landmark horror release... or a spectacular flop. What do you think of the changes and are you expecting Resident Evil to be terrifying again?

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From indie 2D titles to high end AAA gore fests, there's been something of a rebirth lately in the horror genre, with the focus finally pulling away from shooting action and landing where it belongs: on the actual horror.

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With 2017 on the horizon, you may have noticed several of our most anticipated horror games from last year never actually arrived! Sadly, some of the most intriguing titles like Perception and Draugen didn't reach the end of their development cycles, and the much-buzzed Outlast 2 got pushed back last minute to Q1 2017. Games like We Happy Few however were arguably released as the early access phenomena royally screws up release dates and what it means for a game to be "finished."

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Meanwhile, the asymmetrical Friday The 13th is looking worse each time more is revealed, while Dead By Dawn seems to have already covered the same material with much less wait time and to a better degree. We'll have to just wait and see if the very similar The Last Year can offer something different.

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While we wait for those delayed games to hit, there are many new games announced for 2017 that will get genre fans salivating, and here we're going to cover 12 of the most eagerly anticipated horror games coming in the next year!

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Dive into Hell with Agony https://www.gameskinny.com/zx5pm/kickstarter-spotlight-dive-into-hell-with-agony https://www.gameskinny.com/zx5pm/kickstarter-spotlight-dive-into-hell-with-agony Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:48:40 -0500 Glitchieetv

For those looking for truly horrific and grotesque games, Agony by PlayWay and Madmind Studio is a perfect contender. Currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, Agony is a survival horror game set in Hell.

Packing astounding graphics, Agony looks ready to please horror fans with an original take on the genre. 

MadMind Studio is no apprentice when it comes to creating games. Comprised of veteran game developers who have worked on AAA games such as Witcher 3 and The Division, their combined skills are showcased in Agony's various footage videos and screenshots.

Throwing jump-scares to the side, Agony focuses on grotesque depictions of the lake of fire. Playing as a lost soul in Hell, a variety of mind-numbing experiences can occur. From twisted demons to blood covered environments and poking an eye out with their fingers, Agony is sure to shock many players. 

Take a look at the gameplay trailer below to see how terrifying Agony can be. For more information (and a trailer so horrific it requires a warning) check out its Kickstarter campaign page

Will you be backing Agony? Think it has a shot at bringing back the glory of true survival horror? Let me know in the comments!

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Agony is the Game About Escaping Hell https://www.gameskinny.com/nb4tm/agony-is-the-game-about-escaping-hell https://www.gameskinny.com/nb4tm/agony-is-the-game-about-escaping-hell Tue, 31 May 2016 11:13:18 -0400 Chris Cooper

Yup. That Hell. 

Maybe it's because I had so much fun in Hell during the recent Doom campaign that I'm eager to return. Or maybe I'm one of those people that simply sees a game try to establish a truly dark and macabre narrative and it for some reason it really appeals to me. 

At any rate, Polish developers Madmind (who lay some claim to Witcher's talent) are putting forth this upcoming adventure/survival horror game called Agony. 

You play a soul trying to escape hell. Seems straightforward enough. All that's known so far is that you'll be possessing various other creatures and lesser demons on your journey out until you encounter some Red Goddess. Maybe that's a Dante's Inferno reference I can't remember. Either way, we're not certain if this is more of an action title or more of a puzzle solver but if they get the atmosphere of Hell right then it'll be worth a trip.

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Agony: Survival Horror Set in Hell https://www.gameskinny.com/8zkvz/agony-survival-horror-set-in-hell https://www.gameskinny.com/8zkvz/agony-survival-horror-set-in-hell Tue, 31 May 2016 05:09:25 -0400 Sonny Go

Madmind Studio, a new game development studio founded this year, announced its first title called Agony -- a first-person survival horror game set in hell. Their official website is now online with more information on the game, as well as the first teaser trailer.

From the art and the premise, some may be reminded of the 2010 hack-and-slash title Dante's Inferno by EA and Visceral Games. However, Agony will be less about combat and focus more on exploration and storytelling.

The player assumes the role of a tormented soul within the depths of hell with no memory of his past. While the main character may be in what is indeed the worst place to be in existence, he will have a special ability to control people on their path and even possess lesser demons.

Exploring the extremely hostile environment and interacting with the other souls who are suffering the same fate are the main components of the gameplay. As more is revealed, the player will soon discover a way to escape this hell — a meeting with an entity known as The Red Goddess.

While still new, Madmind is not without credentials. It's currently manned by nine veteran game developers with prior experience on titles like The Witcher 3, The Division, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, and many others.

Aside from the trailer and the official website, they have not revealed other information regarding the project. Agony is set for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.

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